The 160th running of two iconic races at Royal Randwick
April 13, 2023
They are two races that have a rich history and each will be run for the 160th time at Royal Randwick on Schweppes All Aged Stakes Day on 15 April, 2023.
The $1.5 million Schweppes All Aged Stakes and $600,000 Moët & Chandon Champagne are the two Group 1 races on the program which draws a close to the 2023 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
We have a look at some of the past winners of both iconic races.
Schweppes All Aged Stakes
1947 Victory Lad
Victory Lad was trained by Dan Lewis to the win over Native Son and Good Idea with Billy Briscoe in the saddle. With the country still recovering from World War Two, the aptly named stallion gave the crowds something to cheer about.
1961 Sky High
Over his racing career, Sky High won 29 races including the Golden Slipper, Champagne Stakes, and AJC Derby. Sky High was ridden to his victory in the All Aged by Neville Sellwood. Sellwood had an incredible racing career racing in Australia and overseas. His multiple Group One successes included five wins in the All Aged Stakes, the last of which was aboard Sky High.
The All Aged Stakes of 1984 was the last time Emancipation clashed with Sir Dapper. They had built a rivalry during the autumn meeting. Sir Dapper had won the Expressway Stake, Emancipation the George Ryder Stakes, and then in the All Aged, Emancipation triumphed by almost a length. Ron Quinton guided her to the victory.
1995 Hurricane Sky
Winner in 1995 Hurricane Sky was sired by the Golden Slipper winner Star Watch. Hurricane Sky took the All Aged Stakes from March Hare, who had lost out to Prince Of Praise (NZ) the year before. Hurricane Sky continued his breeding at stud as sire of stakes winning progeny including Desert Eagle, Divine Madonna, and Slipstream.
1996 Flying Spur
Flying Spur was foaled at Arrowfield Stud out of the prominent Danehill (USA) line. Trained by Lee Freedman, he finished his career on track with six wins and nine placings from 19 starts. As well as the All Aged Stakes he won the Golden Slipper, Golden Rose, and the Australian Guineas. He continued his success at stud with stakes winning progeny including Forensics, Casino Prince, Full Of Spirit, Mentality, and Boom Time.
2000, 2002 Sunline (NZ)
Sunline was one of the dual winners of the All Aged Stakes. She tried for three, starting in 2001 but came in a close third behind Final Fantasy and winner El Mirada. Over her racing career she had 13 Group One wins in Australia and overseas. She won the Doncaster twice (1999, 2002), and the Cox Plate (1999, 2000), the latter by seven lengths. Her All Aged Stakes win in 2002 was 6.5 lengths ahead of Cent Home (NZ).
2010 Hot Danish
Hot Danish was a crowd-favourite who won 16 races in her career. She finally broke through for a much deserved Group 1 victory in the race in 2010 with Tim Clark in the saddle.
Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes
Magnificent won the Champagne Stakes in 1945. He was sired by Ajax, a previous winner of the Champagne Stakes (1937), who in turn was sired by the winner Heroic (1924). F. Delaney was aboard, taking him to the win over Courtship and Moongalba. Mainly a country-based jockey, Delaney was replaced when Magnificent went on to success in races such as the AJC Derby and Victoria Derby.
1946 Persian Prince
Jack Thompson has his first win in the Champagne Stakes aboard Persian Prince in 1946. It would be Persian Prince’s best race, though Thompson would have another three wins in the Champagne Stakes aboard Lady Pirouette (1949), Count Olin (1956), and Columbia Star (1961).
1961 Columbia Star
Columbia Star was sired by Star Kingdom (IRE), the dominant sire of the age. He would be the direct sire of another six winners and indirectly through many more. Columbia Star won the race from Young Brolga and Commanding (NZ).
1975 Rosie Heir
Rosie Heir was ridden by Malcolm Johnston to success over Denise’s Joy and Lord Dudley. He had a successful year in 1975 with other wins in the Hobartville Stakes, Canterbury Guineas, and the Todman Slipper Trial. Rosie Heir started in the Golden Slipper but came in third behind Denise’s Joy and winner Toy Show.
1984 Red Anchor (NZ)
Red Anchor (NZ) had a successful racing career with wins in races including the Cox Plate, Caulfield Guineas, Victoria Derby, the Apollo Stakes, and Roman Consul Stakes. At stud, his successful progeny included Navy Seal. B. Compton piloted Red Anchor to a long neck win over Victory Prince in the Champagne Stakes.
Triscay was sired by Golden Slipper winner Marscay. Bred by her owners Geoff and Beryl White, she joined Jack Denham’s stables. Her racing career included wins in the Australian Guineas, Queensland Oaks, AJC Oaks, and Flight Stakes. At stud, she produced successful progeny La Baraka and Tsuimai.
With the introduction of the Golden Slipper in 1957, the Sires Produce Stakes and the Champagne Stakes became the two-year-old Triple Crown. Few have won all three. Tierce was one in 1991. Shane Dye took him to the win in all three races. Dye continued to win in the Champagne Stakes with Burst (1992), March Hare (1993), Isolda (NZ) (1995), and Assertive Lad (2000). At stud, Tierce sired Encounter who in turn won the Champagne Stakes in 1997.
After his Champagne Stakes win, Intergaze continued to have Group level success including in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (twice), Canterbury Guineas, All Aged Stakes, Doomben Cup, Australian Cup, and the Chelmsford Stakes. Glen Boss rode him to victory over Anthems and My Duke (NZ).
2002 Victory Vein
Trained by Bede Murray, Victory Vein had a successful racing career with 12 wins from 27 starts. The wins included the Sires Produce Stakes, Silver Shadow Stakes, Magic Night Stakes, Silver Slipper Stakes, Tea Rose Stakes, Sweet Embrace Stakes, Furious Stakes, and the Triscay Stakes. Her Champagne Stakes win came at the hands of Danny Beasley and was 0.1 length over Half Hennessy also trained by Bede Murray.
Trained by Gai Waterhouse Pierro won the race and in doing so claimed the two-year-old Triple Crown having won the Golden Slipper and Sires’ Produce Stakes. The son on Lonhro was a class-above his rivals and became just the four colt to win the triple crown with Nash Rawiller.
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